15 new COVID-19 cases reported in HK today including a taxi driver (Updated: 5.50pm)

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20th February 2021 – (Hong Kong) The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health (DH) announced that as of 0.00am, February 20, the CHP was investigating 15 additional COVID-19 cases, taking the number of cases to 10,849 in Hong Kong so far (comprising 10 848 confirmed cases and one probable case).

Among the newly reported cases announced, five are imported cases, four are local cases with unknown sources while the remaining six cases are epidemiologically linked with a local case.

The first case with unknown sources involves a 70-year-old woman (Case No. 10835) who developed cough and chill on 13th February. She sought medical attention at a General Out-patient Clinic on 17th February. Her deep throat saliva sample collected on 18th February was tested positive. The patient has been retired.

The second case with unknown sources involves a 29-year-old man (Case number: 10836) who developed loss of taste on 11th February. He sought medical attention at a General Out-patient Clinic on 18th February. His deep throat saliva sample collected on 18th February was tested positive. He is a taxi driver and last went to work on 11th February.

 The third case with unknown sources involves a 42-year-old man (Case No. 10845) who had been asymptomatic. He submitted a deep throat saliva sample on February 16 and was tested positive. He is a private doctor and last went to work on 18th February.

The fourth case with unknown sources involves a 51-year-old woman (Case No. 10847) who had been asymptomatic. She went to a Community Testing Centre for testing on 17th February and was tested positive. She is a housewife.

 A total of 244 cases have been recorded in the past 14 days (February 6 to 19), including 203 local cases of which 75 are from unknown sources.

 As at 9am today, 31 COVID-19 confirmed patients were discharged from hospital in the last 24 hours. Including two patients (Cases No: 10823 and 10829) discharged earlier on 18th February, a total of 10,362 patients with confirmed or probable infection have been discharged so far.
 
At present, there are 677 negative pressure rooms in public hospitals with 1,224 negative pressure beds activated. A total of 244 confirmed patients are currently hospitalised in 22 public hospitals and a community treatment facility, among which 18 patients are in critical condition, 12 are in serious condition and the remaining 214 patients are in stable condition.
 

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